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The Albion Foundation Apprenticeships

From the age of 14, Aaron Numan had been working with The Albion Foundation, a registered charity that works in partnership with West Bromwich Albion Football Club and aims to make a difference in the local community, in a voluntary role.

Aaron proved a keen participant despite still being at school and this taste of life working in a sporting environment left Aaron in no doubt that this was a career path he wanted to follow.

"I have always been interested in sport, so when the chance came up to do some voluntary work at The Albion Foundation I jumped at it. Seeing how the Foundation can make a difference to those who work within it and those who benefit from it has made me think that this was what I wanted to do as a job."

Upon leaving school Aaron was delighted to get the opportunity to join The Albion Foundation again, but this time as a first year Apprentice Sports Coach through the Midlands Apprenticeship Programme which is delivered by Mitre Group. The education element of the Apprenticeship required Aaron to travel by train from the West Midlands to Derby every Friday morning where he would join other Apprentices both from Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Derby County Community Trust (Derby County FC) but this didn't faze Aaron one bit.

"Some people might think traveling on a Friday to Derby by train would be a chore, but I don't. The experience of being independent has made me more confident as a person and it's been great to meet other Apprentices who are working with different partnerships and sharing our experiences. Commuting can be tiring but it is just a part of life now days, but thankfully there is a coffee shop on my route so it's not so bad."

Aaron has not only taken the traveling element of his Apprenticeship in his stride, he has also embraced the work load involved both in the on the job training and within the classroom. He has been a willing participant in group discussions, has completed his work to a very high standard and has shown great maturity by taking pride in handing his work in on time. The course has also opened up further opportunities for Aaron who has delivered coaching sessions in a variety of areas including inclusion programmes and wheelchair football, all with the support of the Albion Foundation and Mitre Group.

Since their foundation, Mitre Group has gained a reputation as one of the UK's leading skills development organisations where employers and employees are offered bespoke programmes to support and improve their performance. Mitre Group have been delivering Apprenticeships since 2008 and has an excellent 90 percent completion and success rate. Apprenticeships have become a vital part of continued learning for young people (aged 16 to 24) to get hands on work experience and a qualification, all with the added benefit of earning a salary. As the learning can be varied and flexible they can suit not just the young people who take part, but employers too.

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